Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease or GERD, is a condition which develops when the reflux of stomach contents in the esophagus cause heartburn and/or regurgitation.
About 5 million Canadians experience GERD symptoms weekly. Most patients do not seek medical attention. However, untreated GERD can lead to a greater risk for severe chronic complications.
* Canadian digestive health foundation. Statistics. Retrieved from http://cdhf.ca/en/statistics
A Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI) is commonly used as the therapeutic cornerstone for GERD. The most often prescribed ones are omeprazole, lansoprazole, pantoprazole and esomeprazole. EsopH® is a new over-the-counter option for patients with mild to moderate symptoms or PPI non-responders.
Changing your lifestyle and diet also plays a vital part in protecting you from GERD symptoms.